In a project led by Middleham Town Council, the new installation reflects Middleham’s history, with the inclusion of a castle-like structure, along with multi-functional frame including two slides, monkey bars, climbing wall, fireman’s pole, and new swings.
The group worked with a local playground producer to design the play equipment, including safety mat flooring made from recycled tyres.
A sizeable crowd of supporters attended the opening event, with younger participants keen to try out the new play area.
Resident Kathy Wheeler was instrumental in pulling the project together, applying to different grant making bodies to raise the required funding.
Speaking of the project Kathy said: “It has been a long time coming but we are delighted to finally welcome an amazing piece of play equipment for the children of Middleham to enjoy. Huge thanks to our funders and support from Middleham Town Council for making it possible.”
Deputy town mayor, Honor Byford, who performed the opening ceremony, said: “We are delighted to see this imaginative and fun play park installed and open to the children of Middleham. It has been a joint project between the Town Council and a group of local parents, but it is fair to say that it is mainly due to the drive, persistence and sheer hard work of Kathy Wheeler. This is Middleham’s second castle, and it is definitely “Kathy’s Castle”!”
Tony Tait, quarry manager at Tarmac’s Wensley Quarry, also attended the opening. He said: “It was a pleasure to attend the opening of the new play area and see so many happy children using the facility. It is fantastic for Tarmac to be involved in projects like this which gives something back to the communities we work alongside.”
The project, which cost £44,600, attracted additional funding from Richmondshire District Council, National Lottery Awards for All, and Middleham Town Council.